One of the core aims of this project is to build the capacity of South African researchers in food loss and waste and social learning. In August, we held two sessions with our project researchers (from the Sustainability Institute, Stellenbosch and the Environmental Learning Research Centre (ELRC), Rhodes University.
The first focused on food loss and waste, and was guided by our project partner Feedback, who have undertaken on-farm food waste research in many developing countries, such as Kenya.
Tristram Stuart, founder of Feedback provided us with the shocking realities of food waste globally, why food waste arises, particularly on-farm.
This was followed by a discussion on how to undertake on-farm research, with Feedback’s colleague Amos Tingo, who has undertaken much of their research in Kenya.
Our second session focused on social learning, and was led by Prof. Heila Lotz-Sisitka, SARChi Chair – Transformative Social Learning and Green Skills Learning Pathways.
We were introduced to social learning concepts and frameworks, and the notion of value, and value creation.
This provided us with a good understanding and platform from which we have developed and framed the research questions for the project.